LOCATION: 2600 Chicory Road, Racine, WI 53403
WEB SITE: www.burlingtongraphics.com
YEAR FOUNDED: 1984
PRODUCT OR SERVICE OFFERED: Printed graphics and production painting services for product decoration and identification.
PROJECTED 2008 REVENUE: $18 million
LEADERSHIP TEAM: Philip Holtje, chairman of the board; Mark Edwards, president; Jeff Barker, vice president of manufacturing; and Dale Poling, vice president of sales.
TARGET CLIENTELE: Domestic manufacturers of durable products.
BUSINESS ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS: Racine Area Manufacturers; Screen Printing Association; and National Center of Employee Ownership.
WHAT HAS FUELED YOUR COMPANY’S GROWTH? Loyal, growth orientated customers, a dedicated workforce of employee/shareholders and unique products.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO YOUR COMPANY’S GROWTH? The current depressed economy and high fuel prices have adversely affected our customer base.
DO YOU PLAN ANY CHANGES IN YOUR COMPANY IN THE UPCOMING MONTHS? BGS is a 100-percent employee-owned company. The leadership of the company is changing as the current president and founder becomes chairman of the board, and Mark Edwards is promoted to president.
WHO ARE THE BUSINESS PEOPLE, LOCALLY OR NATIONALLY, WHOM YOU ADMIRE? AND WHAT TRAITS DO THOSE PEOPLE EXHIBIT THAT MAKE YOU ADMIRE THEM? Rather than admiring any particular individual, I admire any entrepreneur that has built a successful, sustainable business that provides good-paying, stable jobs in these tumultuous economic times.
WHAT IS THE OUTLOOK FOR THE BUSINESS CONDITIONS OF YOUR INDUSTRY OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS? Declining sales revenue and compressed profit margins.
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